Sedge face crunch spell

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LIVERSEDGE enter their final four games of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division season knowing that the relegation battle is set to go down to the wire.

Billy Miller’s men stand fourth-bottom, a position which would guarantee their survival, but rivals Arnold Town and Hallam both have games in hand.

Arnold are three points behind having played two games fewer, while Hallam have a staggering five games in hand but must make up an 11-point defecit if they are to overhaul the Clayborn men.

Manager Miller is confident that Sedge will survive saying: “I would much rather have the points on the board then have five games in hand and I hope we can put things to bed in the next two or three games.

“We have done our bit by getting the points on the board but if Arnold and Hallam now go on a run there is nothing we can do about it.

“If we can get three to six points from our last four matches I think that will be enough as Hallam and Arnold have some of the top sides left to play.”

Liversedge kick-start their run-in tomorrow (3pm) when they make the short trip to Thackley.

They then face a tough game at home to in-form Lincoln Moorlands before travelling to Long Eaton.

In a twist of fate, Liversedge end their campaign at home to Hallam on April 23, although Miller is hoping his side will have ensured their survival by then.

He added: “We were on a five-match unbeaten run before last Saturday (when a depleted side lost 2-1 to Tadcaster Albion) and if we pick up points in our last four matches — which I am sure we will — we will be alright but the longer it goes on to get those points the more nerve-wracking it becomes.”